Hello Curious Friend. Welcome to my book about Hate. The number tells you where you are in the sequence. I look forward to your comments.
Hate is Natural? (Continued)
The problem with science being so fragmented is that you and I are not neatly divided into neat little boxes of genes, proteins, cells, and endocrine systems. These and every other physiological component are completely diffused and comprise what we consider to be, ourselves. So until scientists take a more macro approach to their analyses, they will all be working like those blind scholars feeling bits of an elephant.
The second great problem is with the hard facts themselves. How can any scientist determine what is or is not hate by simply measuring one’s neurons or dissecting one’s genes? For hate is not a constant that can be measured or dissected. It’s ever-changing, like a chameleon.
Some people can have hate in their hearts one day, but not the next. Some people have it always; some, never. How is a scientist supposed to study something as nebulous as hate? We’ll cover this in more detail later, but for now we can use Rush Dozier’s statement about the limbic system as an example.
The limbic system is an old part of our brain. We know it’s old because we share this brain structure with lots of other animals, like alligators. Since both humans and alligators have a limbic system, this means the structure must be common to both of us and date back to when we shared a common ancestor. That means going back hundreds of millions of years. That’s old. So our common ancestor must have been rather lizard-like, so we call the limbic system our “lizard brain.”
The lizard brain does some very important things, like telling us to breathe. That’s a good thing. Now, if Rush Dozier is right about hate being part of the lizard brain, then hate must be an extremely old emotion.
I don’t think it is, and here’s why. How many alligators hate other alligators? If hate really is a part of the lizard brain that tells me to breathe, then it must always be “on.” How is it then that some people don’t hate at all? Some have hated and learned to love? In fact, children start life off without hate, correct? If hate were somehow tied to the lizard brain, a newborn should be leaping out of the womb ready to fight. Why don’t they?
So, is hate natural? We don’t know. No one has ever addressed this question directly, in detail. Many have touched upon it, and we’ll hear from them soon. This is the fundamental problem with today’s “scientific” approach. Hate in and of itself is not yet properly defined, and until a proper definition is made, scientific soldiers against hate are searching for answers in the dark. And a solid definition is the one thing all these approaches need in order to effectively combat hate. That’s why I put the word, “scientific,” in quotes. Until there is a solid definition, we aren’t doing real science. A definition is what we will try to create, in Part Two.
To be continued …